Sounds Like Blackberries – a reblog

This is crazy! In the best most interesting way.

Annie Cardi

A lot of times, writers rely on sensory details to create vivid worlds for their characters. Sometimes it’s fun to use synesthesia and mix the senses. But it’s not just an artistic tool or neurological condition. Apparently this combination of senses is something we all do to some degree.

Scientists studying this link found that people can generally link specific tastes with specific sounds:

“Blindfolded or not, significant associations emerged. Few subjects linked brass with blackberry, for example, but many associated it with piano. Hardly anybody connected piano with musk, but many linked it to brass. Fruit odors were consistently associated with high pitched notes. That confirmed an earlier study by Crisinel and Spence showing that sweet and sour flavors were also associated with high pitched notes.

This effect apparently works the other way, too. Another scientist recently asked different musicians to play pieces of music with adjectives like “bitter,”…

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Six Word Memoir – an update

I came up with two six word memoirs.

Bar too high; should I limbo?

Forgot to start; ready to begin.

If you want more information about what I’m writing about check out these posts mine (a reblog) or here (the original blog).  Oh yeah, be sure to check out the comments for other bloggers’ six word memoirs.

And please give it a shot (or several).  It’s a pretty fun challenge.  And if you come up with something please post it, I’d love to see what other people do.

Six Word Memoir

What a fabulous exercise!

I’m still trying to come up with my six word memoir. I’ll keep you updated as I work.

What about you? Can you write a six word memoir? Care to share?

Shambolic Living

Do you remember Ernest Hemingway’s short, short story. For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.? At the Smith Magazine Larry Smith used Hemingway’s story as inspiration and asked his readers to describe their lives in six words. It was supposed to be a month long competition but now five years later it’s still going strong.

Oprah Magazine ran an article on the six word memoir this month and there were some great ones in there. My personal favourite was Trudy Love Tantalo, 60 who came up with Was hot. Raised kids. Lost cool. Although kudos also goes to Kimberly Kilroy, 53 with Still fit into high school earrings. There were some particularly poignant ones as well, Melinda Hui, 38 Abandoned at 5. Learning to thrive. While Melanie Barbour, 34 shared Stage IV cancer made me live.

How would you define your life in six words?

I’m struggling with the task…

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Stupifying kids?

I think this is true not only for babies but for everyone. As I commented on the post, people meet expectations, so raise the expectations and watch them rise to the challenge. Let’s continually challenge ourselves, our kids, our friends, our colleagues, and anyone else who happens to be around 🙂


As I was walking my dog today, I passed a man and his two kids. Having left my headset at home, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation:

“Look, dear, a woofwoof*” the man said to the kid walking closest to him. He spoke to her in a pretty high-pitched and childish way, although the girl must have been around five years or so.
“Daddy” she said, seemingly a tad annoyed. “It’s not called a woofwoof, it’s called a dog.” Upon hearing that last sentence, I couldn’t help but smirk a little, remembering mine and my mom’s equal opinion on “baby-language”.

I won’t assert that I know so much about raising children, as I still am a child, but I don’t like when people speak to their kids in such a way. To me, that sort of talk should be thrown in a steel box and tossed into the ocean after…

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Critical Thinking

Think Banned Thoughts wrote a really great post about the critical thinking or lack thereof required in school. There are also suggestions for ways to encourage kids to think deeper than the words to increase their abilities to analyze and critically observe their environment.

It’s a really great, articulate, and insightful piece. If you have kids, want kids, or work with kids you should most definitely read this article.

Three cheers for Think Banned Thoughts for making me (and hopefully you) more aware!